Essential Education Reading
Teaching students to comprehend what they read is the central focus of this instruction. ABE, pre-secondary, and high school level students will learn strategies for applying and analyzing what they read, then synthesizing the meaning of basic text passages. Lessons cover workplace and community documents as well as literary nonfiction, argumentation, fictional prose, poetry and drama.
Many adult learners have critical gaps in reading, and learners need background in thinking about reading and understanding overarching concepts in reading. Lessons teach strategies that bolster comprehension skills to advance students' reading ability from ABE to secondary levels.
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Before adult learners can move forward, they must understand the basic meanings of text. Students learn to identify the thought or clear implication given in the text, to restate or paraphrase information to show understanding, and to summarize main ideas. Comprehension lays the groundwork for further understanding and more complex meanings.
Students must first understand what they read, before they can apply what they learned. Lessons focus on how to identify the central ideas, concepts, and themes in what students read, then teach strategies for relating those principles to new situations.
Students learn strategies for analyzing texts and learning to draw conclusions, understand consequences, and make inferences. In prose, poetry, and dramatic readings, students learn to identify elements of style and structure. In argumentative readings, students learn to recognize assumptions and distinguish conclusions and supporting statements.
As students bring together more complex ideas, they must synthesize information within a reading or from multiple sources. Students learn to integrate information from outside the passage with what they’ve read, as well as learning to understand organizational structure, tone, point of view, and style. Students identify the author’s meaning and intent using multiple elements in a reading, compare and contrast, and make connections among parts of the text.
Lessons increase students' familiarity with literary terms and conventions and develop skills to increase vocabulary comprehension. Learners are exposed to information about types and purposes of reading and reading skills such as skimming and scanning.
Reading Test Familiarity and Practice
As they work through the reading lessons, students gain exposure to what the reading portion of the high school equivalency test is like. Students gain practice with short-answer questions and develop a framework for making good answer choices.
Reading Lessons and Exercises
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